10 days, 10 outfits: what I wore on my summer holiday

For me a summer holiday is an excuse to dress up. As a working mum I dont get a lot of nights out and my summer holiday gives me 10 in a row! Fashion is ‘my thing’ so a trip away is perfect to have some fun, style wise.

I thought I’d round up some of the looks I wore with some details of where the items came from. Want to take a look…?

Look 1: Baby steps with swimwear – I wasnt hugely body confident on this trip. I’m a bit heavier than I was last year and was a little self conscious of my figure. I took lots of cover-ups and soon all that fear slipped away….I found George at Asda great for swimwear with secret support and stuck mainly to one pieces apart from a few days where I braved wearing a bikini!


Bikini top / George at Asda, cover up / ASOS 

Look 2: the off the shoulder maxi dress – I found this dress in Primark for £5 in the sale and then paid to have it altered. Getting a dress that fits you perfectly is worth every penny and I found this was an easy dress to wear both daytime & evening.


Dress / Primark, sandals / Peacocks

Look 3: a slogan sun hat – if you didnt do a photo like this only holiday can you even call yourself a fashion blogger?!? Joking aside, hats saved my life on holiday and this £8 TU one actually fits my enormous head/thick hair!


Sun hat / TU at Sainsburys, Swimsuit / George at Asda

Look 4: the bargain daytime outfit – This dress was £12, the bag £9, sunglasses £3 and sandals £4. I just wore my swimsuit underneath.  Primark, you are a fashion loving holiday makers dream…


Sunglasses/dress/sandals/beach bag – all Primark

Look 5: Saturday Night – I didnt bring a lot of really dressy clothes and I’m glad as it was far too hot to get really dressed up, but this embroidered dress is one of my favourites and worn over a slip was perfect for a night when I wanted a bit of extra glamour.


Dress / Zara, Slip / M&S, sandals / Very.co.uk

Look 6: covering up as I mentioned before, in the day I wanted a stay a bit covered up when moving around and I found a playsuit was perfect for that. This £7 Primark bargain had the cutest tie front and frilled shorts and made me feel very feminine.


Playsuit / Primark, Sunglasses / Esprit, Hat / George at Asda (menswear)

Look 7: Retro vibes – when I saw these retro telephone booths in our hotel I knew I had to pose in them wearing this dress! Its not my normal style but holidays give you the chance to be someone else for a while and I decided to channel my inner Mad Men character. This dress was a ‘new to me’ charity shop buy so a real bargain too.


Dress / Oxfam, sandals / Primark, Bag / Next 

Look 8: Palm print lover – I wore this culotte jumpsuit ALOT while away as it was so comfortable and light. Apart from one night when someone else was wearing the exact same thing (the horror!) it was the perfect evening holiday piece…and I picked it up in the sale!


Jumpsuit / New Look, bag / Next, sandals / Primark

Look 9: boat trip chic – I bought quite a few pieces from Primark for this trip and this dress was one of them. I had been a bit afraid to wearing off the shoulder items as I do like to keep my ample bosum tightly contained (!) but a strapless bodysuit worked really well…I just couldnt do any trampolining!!!

Dress / Primark, bag / Bohema Design, sunglasses / New Look, Sandals / Peacocks

Look 10: Feeling tropical – I do love wearing print and leopard print seemed apt in the hot weather. All over print is too much for curvy, petite me, so a cute black one shouldered top from New Look toned it down.

Top / New Look, skirt / Primark, bag / Next

So what do you think? If you like my style make sure you follow my Instagram here for daily inspiration.

The thing I fell in love with this week

Teal vase £1.50 – Store Twenty One 

We are currently decorating our bedroom (part of a house revamp which will see us pretty much redo every room in our house bar the kitchen) and a few weeks ago I painted over the strong red (!) the bedroom had been when we moved in, to a new deep teal colour.

 
I have been looking out for accessories that will add a highlight of teal to our existing items and while in Store Twenty One saw this lovely little vase. Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Store Twenty Ones homeware range and often pop in to see what bargains they have. This beauty was in their sale for only £1.50 reduced from £3!

 
It reminds me of a Jonathan Adler vase and looks much more expensive than it was – plus it fits in with our new colour scheme perfectly! 

What do you think?

Look out for my blog on the finished room coming soon.

Wearing Teen Ranges

If you follow my Instagram you’ll probably of noticed I wear quite a lot of kids clothes.  This has started in the last few years or so.

Being 5’2″ in height, teen ranges often fit my height much better than any main range, and petite ranges are not as common as you would think.  After losing weight a few years ago I realised that my size 10/12 frame seemed to fit a lot of the older sizes of some kidswear ranges and to be honest I kind of like some of the clothes better!

So can you get away with wearing a kidswear piece of fashion when you are 40 plus?
I think you can!  You need to follow a few rules though and here are my 5…

1.  Can I pull this off?  Just as you’d look at a piece of main range fashion you need to ask yourself if the design is appropriate for you. Sadly for me now in my 40’s, certain super cute prints like Hello Kitty that I wore in my 20’s now look rather out of place, however each to their own and if you love it, then go for it!  I’m still rather partial to a fun print t-shirt though and find more ‘classic’ designs like Disney, smiley faces, retro logos etc all work really well – if you feel great in it then do it!

2.  Will it be too short?  Its great to not have to alter stuff but then again wearing a dress that is super short is probably not the best idea. Consider wearing it as a top or with leggings underneath instead.

3.  Will my boobs fit in it?  The amount of items I’ve had to pass on because of my D cup bust!  If you are busty you may have to look for items that are more stretchy instead.

4.  Not all ranges are created equal.  Make sure you try everything on.  An age 13/14yrs might fit in one store but be tiny in another, the same goes with length.  Most teen ranges go up to 15/16yrs so make sure you shop around.

5.  Stick to certain types of clothes.  Unless you are very petite, skinny jeans and other very fitted items are a no no.  Look for items where the design makes them boxy or more voluminous.  Also look out for shoes and boots which often go up to a size 5 or even 6.

And as a final plus, in the UK its all 20% cheaper due to being VAT free!  

And here are a selection of some of the teen ranges I’ve worn.

Tammy Girl cropped t-shirt – a boxy shape means a easy fit regardless of it being size 152-158 (12/13yrs) and I love that this is actually cropped on me whereas most adult cropped tops sit on my hips in the most totally unflattering way.



Love Australia UGG boots –
When I wanted a pair of Kensingtons I realised the kids size 5’s where over £100 less in price!  And the only difference?  They are a tiny bit shorter (as am I!) and have a zip, which I actually prefer.



Tammy Girl strapless maxi dress –  
I love maxi dresses but often they don’t love me – to buy a dress and not have to shorten it is a dream!  A stretchy strapless dress like this in size 164-170cm (14/15 yrs) fits perfectly.

915 for New Look shoes – as a size 5 most kids ranges have shoes in my size.  I hate high heels so its a great way to find dressy low heeled shoes and sandals.  I might not like high heels but I do love a party shoe!

M&S indigo jumpsuit – A great length, although it was a little tight on the bust at first.  Being cotton it had give in it so after a bit of wear (and slight stretching!) it was perfect. This one is age 13/14 years.

M&Co. Kylie necklace –  obviously this is one size but kids jewellery ranges have some nice little pieces and my nickname is Panda!

915 at New Look jumper – age 14/15 years.  This was an example of trying items on as some of the range came up very small.

Store Twenty One Christmas tops – Both in age 11-12 fitted me at a size 10-12!  The green top is a boys one so dont forget to have a look in the boys ranges too!

   

So, are you ready to have a browse in the kids section the next time you go shopping?

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Store Twenty One Summer buys

I really like the homewares range in Store Twenty One. Its on trend, stylish and very competitvely priced.  I blogged about my Spring homeware buys from this hidden gem here and often pop in to see whats new. I have recently fallen in love with a new range they have called Candy Floss. Its really pretty, in sugary pastel colours with a lovely retro vibe reminiscent of Orla Kiely and I couldn’t resist treating myself to a few bits especially since they had a 20% off promotion!   
Here is my top picks from the range – 
Hanging tree photo frame – £8.00  Cut out key cabinet – £5.00
 Three part storage shelf – £10.00  Hanging Bird frames – £8.00 Cut out tree decoration – £3  Set of three frames on shelf – £10.00  
I also fell in love with these retro storage boxes – I love a 1960’s inspired print!
Set of cardboard retro storage boxes – £3.00 to £6.00.
  
 All images via www.storetwentyone.co.uk

And these are the bits I’ve bought so far.  They will be going into our renovated utility room when its completed.  I love them! 

All these items are in store now!  Look out for promotions and special offers across the summer. To find your nearest store click here.

Store Twenty One Spring star buys

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I love fashion and homewares store, Store Twenty One.  A hidden gem and full of bargains, I shop there a lot and in todays blog I’m going to show you my latest purchases.

My mini haul – 



In store there’s a great selection of homewares, but the range I was drawn to was the glass hurricane lamps and candleholders. A mix of smoky colours and brighter yellows and blues it really is on par with anything you’d see in a department store.  With prices starting from £1.99 you can’t go wrong!



What I bought – 

Grey hurricane lamp – £7.99.  A fantastic chunky shape with twisted rope handle this will be great indoors or out.



‘All you need is love’ tealight holder – £1 (reduced from £1.99). So pretty when the tealight is lit, and for me, a perfect message….



Pineapple glass vase – £1.99.  I love a fun, kitsch piece and this doesn’t disappoint.  Will be adorable with spring flowers in co-ordinated with some other vases.



‘Be Happy’ cushion – £2 (reduced from £4).  I just love this design – end of.  Again its the type of thing you’d pay a lot more for in a different store.   I bought two to sit on the bar stools in my kitchen.



And I think I’m going back to buy more!   Watch this space…

What do you think of the SS15 range?  Do you love it as much as I do?

Black on black

Black is an easy choice, lets be honest.  Its slimming, you dont need to worry about co-ordination and it looks smart.  

About a week ago I got an amazing bargain in Store Twenty One – a pair of black faux suede over the knee boots for just £1!  However, as ever I was a bit fussy and didn’t like them totally.  They had long straps that wrapped the whole way up the leg which looked a bit ‘Robin Hood’ for my liking. So, with a bit of Blue Sky Girl™ customisation the straps soon had gone, the loops were all trimmed off and I had a bargain pair of boots I loved!



I wanted this look to really be about the boots so I kept things simple and wore thick black tights (of course) with a short fitted formal skirt and black ribbed jumper with an oversized polo neckline. 




I kept my accessories simple and as I had my hair up and wore a pair of favourite Dior earrings in the shape of a zip.  If youre not wearing many accessories you can pick one hero piece that will stand out.



So black on black it was.  Oh, and the bits of boot straps I had left over?  I made a belt from them!!!  Waste not, want not!!!



Jumper – New Look

Skirt – Next

Boots – Store Twenty One

Earrings – Dior